The Nigeria Custom Service NCS, has confiscates goods worth over N3 billion, in a major move against smugglers.
The impounded items include three new Toyota Prado Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), 4,911 bags of 50kg rice, 15,048 cartons of frozen products, 1,884 kegs of vegetable oils and 17 trucks of unprocessed teak, among others.
Also seized by the NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, were unprocessed teak meant for export. Only processed teak can be exported.
The market value of the items, sources at the Ministry of Finance said, is over N3 billion.
The zone’s Area Controller, Umar Mohammed Dahiru, said the latest followed ban on rice importation through the land borders.
He gave the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the rice, frozen products, vegetable oil and others apart from the teak wood as N572,100,700.
Dahiru said that the agent had been asked to produce the SUVs’ papers to enable the Customs determine their status.
The controller said most of the seized frozen products were concealed with frozen fish to confuse his men. In other instances, cooling vans were used to conceal the products, he said.
He said that his team is working tirelessly despite the present harsh economic challenges to re-position the Service for greater efficiency and functionality.